A|I: The AI Times – When machine learning goes wrong

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Properly receives $100 million in financing to fuel tech-enabled home buying process (BETAKIT)

Canadian startup Properly has secured $100 million CAD in debt financing to help support its capital heavy expense of purchasing homes.


How to look past the résumé to find your next hire

In these unprecedented times, entrepreneurs need all the help they can get. BetaKit has teamed up with Microsoft for Startups on a new series called Just One Thing, where startup founders and tech leaders share the ‘one thing’ they want the next generation of entrepreneurs to learn.

XtalPi lands massive $319M SoftBank-led round C to continue its high-tech drug discovery (TECHCRUNCH)

XtalPi works with major pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer that need to identify promising new drug-like molecules and learn as much about them as possible.

How AI is playing a bigger role in music streaming than you ever imagined (FORTUNE)

Behind the scenes of some of the most popular music-streaming services, artificial intelligence is hard at work like an automated DJ, deciding which songs listeners will enjoy.

Snaptravel founders expand beyond travel with launch of e-commerce brand and acquisition (BETAKIT)

Snaptravel has created Snapcommerce, which will act as a new overarching brand with the goal of launching a number of other brands under the ‘Snap’ banner.

ExamSoft’s remote bar exam sparks privacy and facial recognition concerns (VENTUREBEAT)

An NCBE spokesperson told VentureBeat that all jurisdictions administering the remote exam will use ExamSoft. But concerns are still swirling around the software.

California firefighters tap AI for an edge in battling wildfires (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

Stretched by longer, deadlier fire seasons, officials are using artificial intelligence to more closely track blazes and more judiciously steer resources.

Late-stage AI deals push Waterloo Region’s venture funding to five-quarter high in Q2 2020 (BETAKIT)

Venture funding in the Waterloo Region reached $148.6 million in the second quarter of 2020, largely driven by two large investments into AI startups.

Twitter plans to change how image cropping works following concerns over racial bias (THE VERGE)

Twitter finds out machine learning isn’t always the right answer.

AI can help patients — but only if doctors understand it (WIRED)

Algorithms can help diagnose a growing range of health problems, but humans need to be trained to listen.

Federal government’s CERB replacement measures pass in the House (BETAKIT)

The federal government has passed a new bill that would replace the program with three new streams of federal COVID-19 benefits.

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